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Anonymous asked in TravelAsia PacificChina · 1 decade ago

Why do Chinese people claim they are so much harder working than Westerners & the evidence is otherwise?

China has a nominal GDP of less than $3500/capita which makes it a poor country. Yet Chinese claim they are "hard working".

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_... )

If they are hard working, so much harder working than "lazy westerners", why are Western countries so much richer than China? Or put another way: why is China so poor if its people are as good as they claim they are?

Update:

Now: do you have any evidence to support your assertions? They remain unsubstantiated stereotypes.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Who's making this claim of being more or less hard working? the Chinese people? How do an entire people make such claims? Who's saying 'Lazy Westerners' - some random person on the internet?

    Is being a hard worker something to be proud about? - I personally want to work as little as possible for as much money as possible. Most people work as hard as they need for the money they need.

    GDP has nothing to do with hard work - the poorer you are typically the harder you need to work just to survive.

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  • KathyM
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    1 decade ago

    Because most westerners have unions to protect them, making sure they are not overworked or underpaid. Then there's also the minimum wage and the labor laws that protect them. Union is not a common thing in China, most workers are on their own. Many western companies know that and thus open factories in China - because they can pay the workers a lot less to produce the same amount of work. So in order to make the same amount of money as their counterparts in western countries, the average Chinese has to work much harder.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    USA made huge profit thru WWI and WWII. That's why the country is rich, even tho it still owes China trillions of dollars.

    Yet how many homeless people are wandering around the urban streets in US with an alcohol bottle which they purchased from pan handling money, while they can totally keep sober and take away all the dirty jobs from the illegal immigrants like busboys, gardeners, mowing the lawn...they are lazy people working on welfare, using food stamps, sleep in shelters with free food and shower, pay low or no bus fares.

    How many Chinese do that? i saw from my hotel window in shanghai, a group of poor people working the whole night EVERYNIGHT collecting cartons, plastic bottles, newspaper out of trash can, risking getting cut when going through all the trash and risking getting all diseases and change the trash into like 2 dollars? so they can have food and live.

    most beggers in china are fake. those peole that nearly beg money for food will be working like those i just told you.

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  • finkle
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    3 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its supply and demand of the workforce.

    When you do have a huge workforce, ie 4 times that of the USA, keeping a job is a must as there is no social security to fall back on. This is many because with such a huge number there are people who would be willing to work hard just to be able to survive.

    As to why the country is poorer, it is many due to that many business and factories are not of the level to produce, high tech, high quality goods, but that of low priced so so goods that requires unskilled labour.

    When China moves more to the top end of the market with can complete with other countries at this level when it will require its workers to be more skilled and wherefore they will demand higher wages.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I call b.s.

    If westerners are so hard working how come I see them jogging all over the place? The average Chinese peasant doesn't jog to be physically fit. He works his *** off just to feed his family. The poorest in America sit around waiting for government handouts and complain about how they got pregnant 3 times.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Working harder does necessarily equate to being rich. Working harder means you spend more time doing your jobs, like 7 days a week, 10 hours a day. You can be trading on the stock market for 2 hours a day and make millions or billions a year. Of course then you have to spend some time in jail for defrauding your investors, such as Madoff or Stanford, or Ken Lay, and such.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Check out the work force.

    The average IQ of Chinese American students in America. Their grades etc. Born in America of course.

    Immigrant Chinese workers work like hell to put their kids through college.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Victorians worked 16 hours per day in 19th century, yet their salaries were only 5 pounds every month. Work efficiency has nothing to do with working hours. End of story.

    这年头猪脑怎么这么多啊?杀都杀不完。

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  • Wang Z
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I am a Chinese. I never think I was, am and will be, working harder than the westerners.

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